HENRY COUNTY, Ga. -- After cracking the top three during the past three school years, Kathleen Mabutin has finally won the Henry County Schools Spelling Bee.
Mabutin is in eighth grade at Locust Grove Middle School; this is her final year to compete in the bee, and she definitely saved her best performance for last.
Mabutin correctly spelled "paradox" and "angst" to beat last year's winner, Union Grove Middle School's Logan Witham. Luella Middle School student Anne Ocampo placed third.
All three finalists will compete in the Region 5 Spelling Bee on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Sequoyah Middle School in Riverdale. They will face students from Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Griffin and Rockdale counties for the chance to move on to the state spelling bee in March.